Ongoing Research

AAMC List of Medical Student Research Opportunities 
Visit the AAMC List of Medical Student Research Opportunities page for a comprehensive list of other US research opportunities.

American Academy of Dermatology: Diversity Mentorship Program
Purpose:

This unique program offers hands-on exposure to students who are interested in learning more about dermatology as a medical specialty through a one-on-one mentorship experience with a dermatologist of the student's choice.

Eligibility: First through Fourth Years
Funds: $1,500
Deadline: December 7, 2017
American Federation for Aging Research (aFAR): Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program
Purpose:

The aFAR MSTAR Program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. This program introduces students to research and academic experiences early in their training that they might not otherwise have during medical school.

Eligibility:

Medical students who will have successfully completed one year of medical school at a U.S. institution by June 2018

Funds:

Awardees will receive stipends of $1980/month, depending on the specific appointment period of the individual student

Deadline:

January 7, 2018

AMA Government Relations Advocacy Fellowship (GRAF)
Purpose:

The AMA Government Relations Advocacy Fellowship (GRAF) offers medical students a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the intersection of organized medicine and the federal government as it relates to advocacy and policy-making. One Fellow is selected each spring to work in Washington, D.C., as a full-time, paid member of the AMA's federal advocacy team for one year.

Eligibility:

Any medical student AMA-MSS member in good standing. Applicants are not expected to be proficient advocates and managers at the start of the fellowship. Prior health policy, legislative, or political experience is helpful.

Funds:

A stipend of $4,000 per month will be paid. Additionally, compensation for travel expenses to the AMA-MSS and AMA Annual and Interim Meetings will be provided commensurate with existing AMA reimbursement policy. Health insurance is required and may be a continuance of your current health insurance or purchased independently.

Deadline:

January 31, 2018

American Osler Society: William B. Bean Student Research Award
Purpose:

To support research in the broad areas of medical history and medical humanities.

Eligibility:

Current medical students

Funds:

$1,500 stipend and possibly up to $750 for travel to annual meeting.

Deadline:

Please submit application materials via email to Renee Ziemer, American Osler Society Administrator aosrenee@gmail.com by March 1, 2018.

American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award Program
Purpose:

The American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) is an opportunity for minority medical students to learn about the field of hematology, gain first-hand research experience, and get valuable guidance from both a research and career development mentor. The MMSAP is part of the Minority Recruitment Initiative, which was created to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in hematology. The MMSAP offers three research experiences: summer research, flexible research, or year-off research. Students attend the ASH annual meeting in December to present their research findings.

Eligibility:

For the purposes of this program, minority is defined as a group of people from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related sciences in the US and Canad. This includes American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, African Canadians, Inuit, and First Nation Peoples. Applicants are asked to self-identify.
Applicants must be enrolled in a MD, DO, or MD/PhD medical school program and be citizens or permanent residents of the US or Canada.
 

Funds:

Participants receive a stipend to support their research experience ($5,000 for summer and flex students or $32,000 for year-off students), a $1,000 travel allowance to attend the ASH annual meeting, $1,000 after the ASH annual meeting for presenting their research at the Promoting Minorities in Hematology event, and complimentary ASH membership throughout medical school and residency

Deadline:

The deadline to request a mentor is November 15, 2017. The application deadline is January 15, 2018.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Clinical Research Mentorship
Purpose:

These competitive grants are intended to support the development of a one-on-one relationship between a DDCF-supported clinical scientist and a medical student with an interest in becoming a future clinician investigator. Past and present recipients of DDCF medical research grants are invited to identify a medical student to mentor for one year and to then apply as a team.

Eligibility:

The Clinical Research Mentorship is intended for past and current Doris Duke-supported researchers who will mentor a medical student for one year. While the mentor and student mentee should work together to submit an application, the applicant must be the DDCF-supported researcher. Student mentees in a combined MD/PhD program are not eligible. 

Funds:

Teams will receive $70,400 over one year, inclusive of a $30,000 stipend for the student.

Deadline: Information on how to apply for the 2018-2019 CRM awards will be available in late fall of 2017.
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF)
Purpose:

The Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation provides fellowships for US-based medical students to take a year out from school to conduct mentored clinical research in developing countries. The long-term goal of this program is to develop the next generation of clinical investigators working in global health.

Eligibility:

This fellowship is open to US-based medical students in good standing. MD/PhD students are eligible. Most students participate after completing their third year of medical training.

Funds:

Fellows receive a stipend of $30,000 and health insurance (if applicable).

Deadline: Information on how to apply for the 2018-2019 fellowships will be available in late fall of 2017.
Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER): Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship Program
Purpose:

FAER's Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowships provide funding to support medical students over a summer in focusing on anesthesiology research, training in scientific methods and techniques, and learning how to incorporate research into a medical career.

Funds:

A $400 per week student stipend, ASA student membership dues, plus additional funds to help cover the costs of travel to the ASA meeting

Eligibility:

Medical students enrolled full-time at a US-based LCME-accredited institution, and who have completed one, two, or three years of medical school.

Deadline:

December 1, 2017: Application website opens

January 31, 2018: Application deadline

Graduate Women in Science: National Fellowship Program
Purpose:

To advance the participation and recognition of women in science and to foster research through grants, awards, and fellowships. Applicants may only submit one proposal in a given year.

Eligibility:

Awards will be made to women holding a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, of outstanding ability and promise in research, who are performing research at any institution in the U.S. or abroad. Career level (e.g. graduate student vs. assistant professor) of the candidate will be taken into consideration when reviewing the proposals.

Funds: $10,000 maximum
Deadline: Information on the 2018-2019 GWIS Fellowships will be available in early November 2017.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI): Medical Research Fellows Program
Purpose:

The Medical Research Fellows Program encourages the development of future medical-scientists by providing a year of full-time, mentored laboratory research to medical, dental, and veterinary students who have demonstrated an interest in and commitment to biomedical research, but who are not enrolled in an MD/PhD (or equivalent) program.

Eligibility:

Medical, dental, or veterinary students. Previous bench experience is required.

Funds:

An annual stipend of $32,000, an annual allowance of $5,500 for research-related enrichment activities, and an allowance of $5,500 for health, dental, and vision insurance, education, and moving expenses.

Deadline:

January 11, 2018

IDSA ERF Medical Scholars Program
Purpose:

An important part of IDSA's mission is to promote the subspecialty of infectious diseases by attracting the best and brightest medical students to the field. To further this goal, the Infectious Diseases Society of America Education and Research Foundation (IDSA ERF) offers scholarships to medical students with mentorship by an IDSA member or fellow.

Eligibility:

Students in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of an accredited US or Canadian medical school, including students enrolled in MD-PhD programs that are in the PhD phase of the program. Each student must have a mentor who is an IDSA member or fellow.

Funds:

Each scholarship recipient will receive $2,000: $1,500 to be disbursed in April/May, with the remaining $500 awarded at the conclusion of the project and submission of a final report to IDSA.  Recipients are also given complimentary IDSA membership. 

Deadline:

The application system for 2018 scholarships is not yet open.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): Medical Research Scholars Program
Purpose:

The MRSP is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD. Student scholars engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, or at close by NIH facilities, that matches their professional interests and career goals. Participating student scholars are required to reside in one of the available MRSP housing options.

Eligibility:

Medical, dental and veterinary students who have completed their initial clinical rotations, i.e., typically third-year, but does not exclude students with strong research interests from applying prior to having completed these rotations.

Funds:

Annual stipend of $36,000

Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 4:00 PM CST
NIDDK T32 Medical Student Research Training Supplement
Purpose:

The Medical Student Research Training (MSRT) program provides mentored support for medical students interested in taking a year off from their medical school studies to work in an academic research lab.  This support is via a supplement to a training grant (T32) in the appropriate area of research.  A list of currently funded T32 program locations is available. Providing the opportunity for students to interrupt their medical school studies for up to 12 months to pursue a research project should help them solidify their decisions to pursue a research career, focus their research interests, and provide a background for future training and career development programs once they have completed their medical training.

Eligibility:

Medical students who have completed at least one year of their medical school education and who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible. Only students able to commit a minimum of 9 months, up to a maximum of 12 months full time, may apply. Students who have previously earned a PhD degree are not eligible, nor are students enrolled in a combined MD-PhD program.

Funds:

Support will consist of a stipend at the current published predoctoral stipend level, as well as $4,200 for research support and health insurance, all prorated for the actual period of support.  Funds will be awarded as a supplement to the appropriate NIDDK-T32 grant at the institution.

Deadline:

Applications must be received by one of two receipt dates:January 17 or April 15 of each year.

Poggi Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Fellowship
Purpose:

The Johns Hopkins Poggi Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Scholar Award promotes clinical research by giving extraordinary medical students the opportunity to investigate pertinent topics in clinical orthopaedic research at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, MD. The Poggi Fellowship focuses on giving its medical students clinical research opportunities, advanced orthopaedic skills through weekly clinical exposure, and mentoring for residency applications and beyond.

Eligibility:

Applicants should be completing their third year of medical school, be in good academic standing, and have an interest in pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery.

Funds:

The recipient will receive a $30,000 stipend to cover living expenses for the year, as well as travel expenses for national presentations.

Deadline:

February 9, 2018 at 4:00 PM Central time

Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation: Research Training for Medical Students Fellowship
Purpose:

The Sarnoff Fellowship Program offers medical students enrolled in US medical schools the opportunity to spend a year conducting intensive work in a biomedical research laboratory.

Eligibility:

All medical students, with the exception of MD/PhD students, are eligible to apply. Applications are encouraged from second and third year medical students, and students without extensive prior research experience.

Funds:

$32,000 stipend, plus allowance of up to $8,000 for travel to select a Preceptor and Fellowship laboratory and attend the Sarnoff Annual Scientific Meeting and American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, moving expenses, health insurance and funds for travel to present a paper at two national conferences.

Deadline:

January 10, 2018

Society of Hospital Medicine Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant: Longitudinal Program

Purpose:

The SHM Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant Longitudinal Program is designed to engage first, second and third year medical students in mentored scholarly work over a year's worth of time, allowing for projects that would require more time to develop and/or implement. The program is designed for the student scholars to develop a better understanding of the career of a hospitalist through meaningful exposure to inpatient clinical work, hospital-related administrative responsibilities and educational activities.

Eligibility:

Must be a student member of SHM. Must identify a mentor who is a current and active SHM member. MSTP students are not eligible.

Funds:

Recipients will receive up to $5,000 for the duration of their project which will start in the summer and conclude in the fall of the following year. Funds may not support salaries or stipends. Funds may be used to support professional research assistant or data analysis support, the purchase of necessary materials, or other project-related expenses. Additionally, up to $1,500 will be reimbursed to the student for travel-related expenses to attend the annual SHM Hospital Medicine conference. Registration will be complimentary for student scholars.

Deadline: February 15, 2018
University of Texas at Austin Value-Based Care Research Fellowship
Purpose:

The Dell Medical School Value-Based Care Research Fellowship promotes healthcare delivery science research by giving extraordinary medical students an opportunity to investigate topics relevant to designing, implementing, and disseminating value-based care delivery models in surgery and perioperative care.

Eligibility:

The applicant must be accepted to or enrolled in medical school at the time of application. Strong critical thinking skills, written/verbal communication, and organizational skills are required. Current third-year medical student, prior experience carrying out research projects through publication, making presentations, SAS/STATA data analysis experience, and having a demonstrated interest in value-based care is a plus.

Funds:

The recipient of this award will receive a $28,000 stipend for the year. As circumstances allow, the Department may support travel to select national conference.

Deadline:

February 1st, 2018

Washington University in St. Louis: NIH-Funded One-Year Mentored Research Opportunities for Medical Students in Otolaryngology
Purpose:

The Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Dept. at Washington University, through its T32 Predoctoral Training Program, offers medical students a 12-month mentored research experience with opportunities to participate in research on many levels and learn from successful program faculty conducting cutting-edge clinically relevant basic, clinical and translational research in the auditory, vestibular, olfactory, and communication sciences. In addition, tuition is available for students who wish to take courses in clinical investigation and obtain a master’s degree.

Eligibility:

Must be US citizen, US non-citizen national, or US permanent resident and enrolled in a doctoral degree program in medicine in the Unites States. Commitment to a “year-out” opportunity (e.g., 12-month full-time research training experience). Support of a program-approved mentor

Funds:
  • Monthly stipend, research-related expenses, and health insurance
  • Tuition funding for required courses - including Certificate of Clinical Investigation (CCCI) and Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) degree
  • Travel to national meetings
  • Multidisciplinary seminars
Deadline:

Monday, April 2, 2018

Washington University in St. Louis: TL1 Predoctoral Clinical Research Program
Purpose:

The TL1 Predoctoral Program as Washington University provides career development for medical and allied healthcare doctoral students through didactic coursework, mentored training, work-in-progress research discussions, journal clubs, and conferences. The CRTC Predoctoral Program offers the following programs:
     - Summer Predoctoral Program: Two-month research core, June 1-July 31
     - Intensive Predoctoral Program: Twelve-month research core, June 1-May 31

Eligibility:

TL1 Clinical Research Program trainees must be enrolled in a clinical doctoral degree program in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, biomedical engineering, social work, pharmacy, audiology and communication sciences, veterinary medicine, or another allied health profession.

Funds:

Trainees receive a stipend for every month they are enrolled in the Predoctoral program. Tuition for all courses required by the TL1 Program are covered through NIH and Institutional support. Trainees may receive a limited amount of funding to use for research, travel, and health insurance.

Deadline:

February 20, 2018, 11:59 PM

Zuckerman Fellows Program at Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership
Purpose:

The Zuckerman Fellows Program equips people from the fields of medicine, law, and business to provide leadership for the common good by making it possible for them to pursue public service degrees at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard School of Public Health, or Harvard Kennedy School. In addition to their formal coursework, Zuckerman Fellows participate in a yearlong co-curricular program.

Eligibility:

Candidates are individuals who have - or are pursuing - an MBA, JD, or MD, or DMD/DDS graduate degree from an accredited United States institution AND are seeking an additional Master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Kennedy School, or the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Process:

Applicants need to first apply to the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, or Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Questions about eligibility, timing of applications, application guidelines, or the application forms should be directed to Rebecca Lock at Committee on General Scholarships at 617-496-5042 or zuckermanfellows@harvard.edu.

Funds:

The Zuckerman Fellowship provides recipients with full tuition and health insurance fees for one year plus a living stipend.

Deadline:

January 5, 2018